Archive for January, 2011
Oh gosh, this made me laugh!
Check out this brief, but very funny, parody promo of some of the highlights of TLC‘s upcoming schedule… great stuff!
Can’t you just see some of these shows alongside the likes of Toddlers and Tiaras, Extreme Couponing and My Strange Addiction!
Full disclosure – we’re actually working with TLC at the moment on a fabulous and very fun secret project – but I will say the network is probably in the best shape it’s been in for years.
I remember when I first came to the US in 2005 and TLC was full of earnest, ‘homework’ TV… but not anymore. Whether you love or loathe the likes of Sarah Palin’s Alaska, Kate Plus Eight or Sister Wives – you can’t deny they’re all noisy shows that have really put the network on the map…
So will we be seeing ‘Dwarf Hoarders‘ anytime soon….! Hilarious…
It’s time for another of our Guest Starring spots – and this time around it’s rising star Ben Foster.
I’ve been a fan of Ben’s ever since his sensational, and scary, turn in Alpha Dog – and have a feeling an Oscar lies not too far in his future. Over the years he’s popped up in X Men: The Last Stand, 3:10 To Yuma, the underrated 30 Days Of Night, critical favorite The Messenger and a long stint on Six Feet Under.
This weekend Ben will be hitting movie screens in The Mechanic, opposite Jason Statham - in my opinion exactly the kind of movie he SHOULDN’T be making! He’s too good for that kind of action movie trash…
But before he became an acclaimed character actor and indie fave, Ben was a teen star back in the mid-90s on the Disney Channel (which as we all know also launched Britney, Justin, Christina, Ryan Gosling and Shia LeBeouf)
Ben’s show was called Flash Forward – nope, not the recent ABC sci-fi disaster – but a teen drama about two friends making their way through eight grade. The show lasted just 26 episodes but was notable for being one of the first original series produced by the Disney Channel.
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Earlier in the week I posted a preview of this year’s American Idol, my take on what the show needed to work on if it was to remain a ratings smash after 10 seasons on the air.
In the piece I took a few potshots at the franchise but was still a huge fan of the show… until I caught this season’s premiere episode that is. And suddenly realized Idol is in a whole world of trouble. Because being completely blunt, this week’s Idol opener was the single worst episode in the series’ history – so staggeringly awful that I literally had to turn off after an hour. How could a once vibrant series turn so bad so quickly… where do I begin?
As I mentioned in my former piece I was actually away on a business trip this week so couldn’t watch Idol ‘live’ – but instead had to catch the premiere a couple of days later. By that point I already knew the show’s ratings were good – as always Idol crushed the competition – but not great. Year to year the show was down by around 15% in the ratings. Not especially bad for a series in its 10th More >
Remember last week when we posted a clip from Heil Honey I’m Home, an ill-advised comedy from the UK that thought Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun was just screaming out for the sitcom treatment. Yep – bad idea!!!
The show was so awful it got me thinking about the idea of truly terrible TV and those shows that are so bad they make you sit up and question – What Were They Thinking?
Over the years I’ve seen some stupendously awful shows (and even worked on a couple myself!) so I figured it would be fun to revisit some of the most dreadful shows ever made.
First up – here’s a perennial favorite from the UK that appears on many Brit Lists of the worst TV shows ever made. Anyone 35 and over in England will probably know this one – and if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re in for a treat! Ladies and gentlemen – prepare for Triangle.
So here’s the deal… Britain can’t do glamour on TV. We just can’t. Okay some of our studio shows – the X Factor for example – look glossy and expensive. But when it comes to drama the UK just isn’t glamorous – thanks in More >
Let’s be honest, 2010 was a pretty terrific year for Ben Affleck.
After a few years in the Hollywood wilderness starring in movies like Jersey Girl, Surviving Christmas and Gigli, Ben bounced back with The Town, his critically acclaimed heist drama that further cemented Ben’s position as a Hollywood triple threat – actor, writer and director. And this weekend Affleck is back in The Company Men, a zeitgeist capturing drama about a group of men laid off and struggling to find work in a tough economy.
It’s been quite a ride for Affleck with a resume stretching right back to the early 90′s. Here’s Ben starring in Lifestories: Families In Crisis, an HBO series that ran for two seasons and dealt with hot button issues such as AIDS, homelessness, drink driving and bulimia (that episode featured a young Calista Flockhart – talk about ironic)
For his episode Affleck played a football player addicted to steroids… here’s what happens when Affleck’s character has a major meltdown…
Check it out… he’s certainly come a long way!
HBO clearly have high hopes for their medieval epic, Game Of Thrones, coming April 17th to the pay per view broadcaster…
Check out the latest trailer for the series starring Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, Mark Addy and Alfie Allen (aka Lily’s brother). The last show to receive this much pre-release hoopla was AMC’s The Walking Dead – and we all know how that turned out!
I must admit I’ve been lukewarm about Game Of Thrones up to now – but this new trailer is glossy, stylish and actually quite interesting. I’m still not sure if the show is quite my thing – but I’ll certainly give it a go…
Check out the Sneak Peek below… what do you think? Are you excited yet?
We’ve talked about NBC’s The Cape a few time here on Remote Patrolled, mainly because I kind of can’t believe it actually exists!
The show (which I haven’t caught yet) seems very stylish and glossy – but it’s also built around a pretty ridiculous premise – a mysterious cape that gives it’s owner special powers! I still think the series feels like a cast off from the 1980′s but ratings were solid for the show’s debut last Sunday – and who knows, maybe it will blossom into a hit?
But it seems I’m not the only one feeling this way…. check out last night’s Saturday Night Live spoof of the The Cape featuring all manner of other crazy super-powered items of clothing… it’s pretty silly and doesn’t all work – but it made me smile!
Here’s the clip – check it out…
When Does It Start: Monday January 17th at 10pm / 9c
In a nutshell: Kathy Bates turns to TV as a curmudgeonly and unconventional lawyer.
What’s It About: Harriet ‘Harry’ Korn is a grumpy patent lawyer who finds herself abruptly fired from her blue chip law firm and decides to go into business for herself. Setting up shop in an old shoe store she assembles a rag tag team around her including a kindly college student called Malcolm (Aml Ameen), Adam, a legal hotshot who’s wowed by Harry’s unconventional approach to the law (Nate Corddry) and a shoe obsessed assistant called Jenna (Brittany Snow). Get ready for plenty of crime solving, courtroom theatrics and team bonding…
We haven’t run one of these porn parodies for a while… but when we do we always get a lot of hits (surprise, surprise!)
Check out the latest adult spoof to hit the net – this time taking on The Simpsons… hmm, a little late aren’t they?
Once again it’s all very random and not in the slightest bit sexy – plus it’s very PG – in this clip at least. But to be fair the voices are pretty good – and the guy playing Moe definitely looks the part…
Here’s the clip – and don’t forget to check out some of our other porn parodies here on Remote Patrolled, including: The Golden Girls, True Blood, Jersey Shore, Glee, Beverly Hills 90210, Friends and The Big Bang Theory…